Holiday Happenings

Several holiday events planned this month in Madison, Ind.

Local merchants get into the spirit with holiday décor

(November 2017) – Festivities are in the air in Madison, Ind., and the Downtown Holiday Open House will kick off the holiday season. On Nov. 10, downtown merchants will have extended hours from 5-9 p.m. Ribbons, greenery and bows will abound as the merchants deck the walls and windows. All will sparkle and be aglow. VisitMadison Inc. also holds a window decorating contest.
Richard Sanders and Jerry Quirin of Ditto’s on Main retail store say their window display is top secret. They have contracted Kevin Carlson, a local artist, to create their window display again. They share ideas with Carlson, and he brings it to life. This year’s design has kids in mind. So parents and grandparents bring the kids in to enjoy the display.
This is the first year Ditto’s is opening the back room as a Christmas lounge. The Christmas lounge will be having refreshments and be filled with everything Christmas. Customer convenience has been kept in mind with handicap accessible restroom facility.

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The Madison Christmas parade is a highlight of the holiday season.

The lounge isn’t the only thing filled with Christmas. More than 5,000 ornaments, wooden snowman signs made by Pennsylvania Amish and a new line of holiday candles offering 12 varieties will be available.
This year you will see less burlap and more meadow, tin and woods merchandise that offer more embellishment, Sanders said. In addition to holiday décor, there is a large selection of gifts. It will be festive with lots of Christmas. Every shopper will receive a gift.
“Christmas Open House invites everyone to enjoy the spirit of Christmas in our historic downtown,” Sanders said.
Traditionally, the Madison Courier sponsors a shopping spree. The downtown will be lit from Jefferson Street to Cragmont streets. Madison Main Street promotion committee members include Julie Truax (The Attic), Rhonda Sauley (Fine Threads) and Anders. This event is organized by Madison Main Street Program.
There are even more shopping opportunities this season for you to buy local and support your neighbors. On Nov. 11, you can shop for gifts at the Lumber Mill’s Deal with the Dealers and Christmas Open House. There will also be a Winter Holiday Bazaar at the Jefferson County 4-H Community Building, with proceeds benefitting Care for Kids. 
You can stop by the Lanthier Winery for a how-to of holiday splendor and tree trimming plus a special pre-release access to holiday wines on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. Children can build a gingerbread house at the Jefferson County History Center on Nov. 18.
They will be on display during the Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes. Adults can build one, too, that day.
From Nov. 24 to Dec. 24, you can stop by Lanthier Winery to view one of the Midwest’s largest private collections of angels and see a forest of glittering trees during their Festival of trees.  Downtown’s holiday lights will be illuminated for Fourth Friday.
The Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will be Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-2. Stop by the Lanier Madison Visitor’s Center on either weekend for the Great Cookie Caper.
The star of the season, Santa, will be welcomed during the annual Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The parade is sponsored by Arvin Sango Inc., which will also have a float and the favorite Mistletoe balloon. It will begin on Jefferson Street at the courthouse and go down Main Street to Mill Street.

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